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HGV Driver testing changes

On 10 September the Government announced a series of measures aimed at increasing the capacity of the number of HGV drivers that can be tested.

  • First, car drivers will no longer need to take another test to tow a trailer or caravan, allowing roughly 30,000 more HGV driving tests to be conducted every year.

  • Second, tests will also be made shorter by removing the ‘reversing exercise’ element – and for vehicles with trailers, the ‘uncoupling and recoupling’ exercise – and having it tested separately by a third party.

  • And third, we will make it quicker to get a licence to drive an articulated vehicle, without first having to get a licence for a smaller vehicle. This would make around 20,000 more HGV driving tests available every year and mean drivers can gain their licence and enter the industry more quickly - without reducing the rigour of the test.

The Government view is that there has been a 50% increase in testing compared to pre-COVID. It is anticipated that some of these changes will generate additional capacity for HGV tests very rapidly, and the Government will shortly lay the appropriate licensing regulations before the House. It is to be hoped that these changes do not compromise road safety standards.

More information can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/driver-testing-changes

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